Sunday, 21 October 2018

Pea Panna Cotta - The Bell at Alderminster

I'm kinda loving the autumn vibe.  Continuing with my Couch to 5km running routines in the orange hued leaf-fall confetti on the streets and my new Hunter wellies have made their debut on a muddy walk, it's all good.

However, as much as I pacify myself with all this autumnal cosiness (don't worry, I won't use the word Hygge), there is a part of me that pines for summer and the joys of al fresco dining.

Photo:  Word In Veg Ways

A specific summer al fresco memory would be when I made my first visit to The Bell at Alderminster this July just outside of Stratford Upon Avon in Warwickshire.  It's beautiful gardens and hay baled fields made it a glorious location for a lazy Sunday.  And whilst the restaurant and grounds were all very pleasing, I have to do a special shout-out for their vegetarian main course.  

Photo:  Word In Veg Ways

When glancing at their menu, I saw Pea Panna Cotta, Warm Summer Salad & Beetroot versus Risotto as the veggie choices.  Nonplussed with predictable risotto option, the Pea Panna Cotta was suggested to me.  Concerned that it would be too much like a dessert panna cotta, all wobbly and gelatinous looking, I was put off.  Charmingly, I was persuaded by the waiter that I simply had to try it with reassurances that it didn't have a quivery disposition and it was the best thing on the menu.  

Pea Panna Cotta
Photo:  Word In Veg Ways

Relieved when it arrived that although soft and vividly green, it was packed with flavour and complemented the warm salad and beetroot really well.  No wibbles, no wobbles - phew!

I was thrilled to have been nudged into choosing this dish and it was great to have something that was outside of the usual remit of veggie offerings and also something I would never make at home.  A massive pat on the back to the chef.  And a note to self, to not to be so dismissive upon first glance in the future.

Photo:  Word In Veg Ways

The Bell have a super team who as well as being fabulous menu guides, made a lovely fuss of us and we had a joyful afternoon feeling like we were away from it all.  Plans to go back are definitely on the cards and hopefully the Pea Panna Cotta will still be on the menu.

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Where have you been recently and found something you've really enjoyed?

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Mildreds & The High Field Join Forces


Photo:  c/o The Highfield

Did you see my recent post about The High Field's Tuesday night veggie bonanza 'Live Life On The Veg'?  Hope you've had the chance to pop down and check out what they're up to each week.  But if you haven't, don't worry, the ultimate chance is coming up.

For one night only, Tuesday 23rd October, at The High Field Studio, executive chef and author Daniel Acevedo from London's Mildreds will be teaming up with The High Field head chef Ian Meek to create a fabulous vegan tasting menu.

Mildreds is synonymous with quality vegetarian/vegan food in London, its popularity has people queuing out of the door, having to have take-aways instead of sit-down meals (that's happened to me by the way).  I've stood outside their Soho branch kicking my heels until my name has been called and my Polish Burger declared ready for collection.  It's a beaut of a burger I have to say.  I can't be the only one to think that way as there are 3 other venues now around London in addition to Soho.  Speaks volumes.


Photo:  c/o The Highfield

This is why it is exciting that Mildreds collaboration with The High Field is happening.  Between Daniel from Mildreds and The High Field's head chef Ian Meek, their meat-free menu will take on an Asian twist to include dishes such as: Tempura Vegetables, Mango & Black Rice Noodle Salad, Bao Buns, Mock Chicken Katsu Curry and Black Coconut Ice Cream, as well as a few surprises on the night.


Tickets for Live Life on the Veg with Daniel Acevedo from Mildreds and Ian Meek from The High Field cost £40 a head and can be booked by calling 0121 227 7068. 

The High Field Studio
Photo:  c/o The Highfield

The evening starts at 7pm on Tuesday 23rd October 2018 and takes place at The High Field Studio in Edgbaston.   The High Field Studio is next door to The High Field, at 21 Highfield Road, Edgbaston, B15 3DP.

More details are on https://www.highfieldedgbaston.co.uk/edgbaston-events/ or www.thehighfieldstudio.co.uk 

And if you can't make it, do try and pop over on another Tuesday to experience Live Life On The Veg and should Warwickshire be a bit nearer for you, The Star & Garter in Leamington Spa  and The Rose & Crown in Warwick also hold weekly veggie nights!